Instrument Family



Bass Clef

Modern Instrument Invented

Early to Mid-1500s

Fun Facts

  • The bass is also commonly known as the ‘double bass.’
  • The bass is the largest and lowest pitched string instrument in the orchestra. It stands roughly 6 feet tall!
  • The bass is commonly played while standing or leaning/sitting on a stool.

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Bass

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5

Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Bassist Rudy Albach introduce the bass!

Hear Columbus Symphony Assistant Principal Bassist John Pellegrino play an orchestral excerpt!

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